First Thursdays

April 7th, 2022

IU Auditorium
Due to the weather, the April First Thursday festival will be held inside the IU Auditorium from 5-8pm.

April First Thursday Events

On April 7th we will celebrate the last First Thursday festival of the 21-22 school year! Due to the weather, the festival will be held inside the IU AuditoriumThe festival will feature main-stage performances by Singing Hoosiers, IU Theatre, UNi.SON and SE SO NEON. Be sure to stop by our extensive artist row featuring student artists!

Meet the Artists!

Main Stage Performances

The First Thursday Main Stage is located on the east side of the Arts Plaza and features energetic performances from large ensembles and touring groups.


Singing Hoosiers Bio


The Grammy-nominated Indiana University Singing Hoosiers have a long and storied tradition of excellence in the contemporary vocal arts, performing popular contemporary vocal music ranging from The Great American Songbook, jazz, Broadway, to contemporary choral repertoire and the hits of today.


As Indiana University's ambassadors of song, The Singing Hoosiers have entertained audiences across the United States and in more than 25 countries spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Caribbean.  The ensemble has enjoyed collaborations with Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Sandi Patty, Sylvia McNair, Tim Noble, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel. 


The current ensemble, under the direction of Chris Albanese, is comprised of 85 student singers and instrumentalists from the IU Jacobs School of Music along with students from various majors across Indiana University.  They remain committed to excellence in performance of an integrated repertoire which serves to both honor and advance popular song within the landscape of American choral music. 



Indiana University's Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers have enjoyed a seventy-year tradition of excellence in the contemporary vocal arts.  With its roots in the music of the Great American Songbook; the ensemble lends its voice to the telling of the American story through immersion into her varied musical traditions, both past and present. 

The Singing Hoosiers have entertained audiences across the United States and in more than twenty-five countries spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Caribbean.  The ensemble has enjoyed collaborations with Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Sandi Patty, Sylvia McNair, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel.

This ninety-member ensemble is comprised both of students from within the Jacobs School of Music along with representing over twenty different majors across campus. 



More about Singing Hoosiers


IU Theatre cast of Carrie will be performing songs from the killer musical during April's First Thursdays. Teenager Carrie White longs to be seen. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd and at home, she's dominated by her cruelly controlling mother. While navigating the difficult terrain of high school, Carrie discovers an uncommon power within herself. Please join IUTD and the cast of Carrie for a preview of the show at First Thursdays!

More about IU Theatre


UNi.SON is a K-pop inspired undergraduate dance team at Indiana University Bloomington. Since beginning in 2018, they have grown from a 7-member group to a 40+ member group that performs at events on-campus and around the Midwest as well on Youtube, Instagram, and TikTok. UNi.SON hopes to help individuals with little to no dance experience to improve their expression through the movement of their body, while immersing them in a warm and friendly environment! Anyone is welcome to join for whatever purpose, whether it is to dance or just to make friends. This is UNi.SON. This is a family.

More about UNi.SON


SE SO NEON comes all the way from Seoul to play the First Thursday Festival as part of this year’s Korea Remixed program. Formed in 2016, SE SO NEON have won audiences all over the world with their own brand of lo-fi, vintage sound and a wide spectrum of musical influences from blues, psychedelic rock to new wave and synth pop. The band debuted with the single “A Long Dream” in 2017 and released the EP “Summer Plummage” in October of the same year, quickly becoming Korea's leading indie music band and winning the Korean Popular Music Awards’ “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Rock Song of The Year’ awards. In 2020, they released their second EP [Nonadaptation] and single [NAN CHUN], and they  were selected for Pitchfork’s “35 Best Rock Albums of 2020” and Paste’s 40 Best Rock Albums of 2020.” 

More about SE SO NEON

Festival Booths - IU Arts Plaza

All around the Arts Plaza you'll find dozens of festival booths where you can try your hand at different creativy activities and learn more about the great happenings in the arts and humanities going on across campus this semester.

Come join the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) as it celebrates the music of Korea! Staff will provide the recordings and speakers; you just provide yourself and your curiosity! An additional activity will help you learn about Korean music and instruments. Stop by the ATM table to listen to some music, play some games, and learn more about the ATM!

Come by to find out info about our spring ‘22 season, and don’t forget to join IUTD and the cast of Carrie for a preview of the show at the Mainstage!

The Indiana University annual Traditional Powwow attracts hundreds of visitors each year and boasts a line-up of nationally known dancers and singers, along with traditional foods, crafts, and dance clothing. Performers of all ages participate, carrying on the traditions of their people as they represent them through their feathers and beadwork, their dance clothes, the songs they sing, and the styles in which they dance. The powwow is an important time when generations come together to share in dance and song, and to celebrate the diversity of contemporary Native American tribal identity.


Booth visitors will meet a speaker from the Powwow, view Powwow clothing, and learn more about the upcoming IU Powwow taking place on April 9th.

The Healing Garden at Hilltop is a space dedicated to slowing down, reconnecting with the land, and reconnecting with self. For many of us, the garden has become a place to process disconnections from homeland, expressing our multicultural stories through plants, recipes, and memories. As we gather, we seek to understand our own roles in ongoing and current colonial projects, creating a space for healing ancestral traumas, and addressing violences we continue to perpetuate against ourselves and against others.

HHart is an organization under the Hudson and Hollands Scholar Program and Hutton Honors College that provides a platform for underrepresented artists and celebrates diversity in the arts. We will be having a Starry Night paint by number as our activity. It will be a large collaborative piece that countless people at First Thursday can contribute to!

Resiliency! Sustainability! Problem-Solving! Empowerment! There is so much in our world that can bring us down OR we can choose to do something about. Share how you are building resiliency and empower others. Present what you create at our booth (art, craft, etc.) through display or your phone video, and/or photo options at our Pop-up Gallery. Learn more about the IU Integrated Program in the Environment's environmental programs and get involved.

The IU Student Alumni Association (SAA) is as a student-based extension of the Indiana University Alumni Association (IUAA). SAA aims to establish a relationship between IU students and the IUAA by providing programs that will foster a connection to IU’s alumni, as well as promoting the interests of both current and future IU Bloomington students.

As the student arm of the IUAA, the SAA provides IU Bloomington students with meaningful experiences, valuable relationships, and effective tools to ensure a successful future.

For the tabling experience we will be registering students for IU Proud and providing gifts for the Senior Class of 2022.

At IU Auditorium’s booth, attendees can expect to learn about the amazing shows that will conclude the 2021–2022 season. Upcoming shows include Silkroad Ensemble on April 8, Jersey Boys on April 22 and 23, and Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott on April 26. Make sure to stop by for a chance to win tickets to see Jersey Boys live in Bloomington!

Each week, IU Cinema presents a mix of film-centric programs, including new releases, conversations with filmmaker friends, curated student film programs, and much more—and the majority of these events are free to experience! Stop by IU Cinema’s booth to discover what cinematic adventures await you, ask questions of Cinema staff, and hear more about our Spring 2022 offerings. The Cinema’s booth will also feature a film trivia game with opportunities to win IU Cinema-themed prizes!

IU Corps will partner with Hilltop Gardens to do seed packing and planting to benefit local teachers who will then receive free seed kits for their classrooms.

Explore data sculptures with the IU Libraries! Visit our tables to help us create a crowdsourced interactive data sculpture! Learn more about our current Scholars’ Commons data sculptures exhibit featuring student work and data art from our collections. Pick up copies of a related activity that you can either take home or try at the Wells Library Makerspace.


To celebrate spring, the IU Libraries’ Arts & Humanities Department will also be offering you a chance to win Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s book of nature essays, "World of Wonders," which is the Indiana Humanities 2022 One State / One Story statewide read selection. Librarians from the Education Library will showcase notable children's books celebrating nature, poetry, and Asian voices from their collections, including "When Spring Comes to the DMZ" by Uk-Bae Lee.

Join the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for a webtoon inspired photo booth! Webtoons are digital comics that originated in South Korea and have become globally popular.

Jacobs is finishing their 100th year celebration and you're invited to the party! Stop by the table to sign the card, pick up party favors, and get a sneak peak at the 2022-23 season before it's announced to the rest of the world.

The LGBTQ+ Culture Center provides students with a safe and welcoming learning environment that provides resources and support to help students successfully reach their educational goals. The Center, which is a program of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), works in partnership with other diversity efforts on campus. The Center's booth will have information about available services, resources, swag and crafts for students who stop by!

Come to MIC's table to learn about Music Industry Creatives, a student organization at IU focused on providing opportunities and resources to local and student artists in Bloomington, IN. They have upcoming events, programs, and ways to get involved for any interested in engaging in the flourishing music community in town.

The Office of First Year Experience Programs is ready to celebrate the coming of spring. Visit with FYE staff and have some fun with spring related crafts. 

Stop by the Office of International Services booth to learn about international programs! Year-round events give students ways to explore cultures, languages, and make new friends from around the world

Overseas study is one of the most effective experiences students can have to experience arts and humanities on a global scale, to broaden their intercultural awareness, to learn about a specific country/region, to acquire language skills, and to strengthen a range of personal skills. Start your study abroad journey by stopping by Overseas Study's table for more info and a study abroad photo trivia game - be inspired by all the places Hoosiers can go!

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) Program in the IU O’Neill School prepares students to advance their career as arts leaders. Faculty and partners provide a mixture of practice and research based insights that examine critical topics in arts administration from many perspectives. Focusing on the intersection of management acumen, public value, and practical experience the program provides a strong foundation for students to tackle emerging challenges in the creative ecosystem. Visit the MAAA Program at the First Thursdays Festival to explore arts administration and its role in your cultural experience.

The People of IU—Moving Image Portraits and the Public Screen is an ongoing creative, curatorial, and classroom project that documents on motion picture film the wide range of people that constitute the Indiana University community. The Moving Image Portrait tent involves two activities: (1) a showcase of the collection of portraits already produced by students and faculty, and (2) an invitation to First Thursday visitors to record their own black & white "mini-filmic portraits." Come see and participate in the project!

Planting the Seeds of Democracy with PACE: The Political and Civic Engagement (PACE) Program invites you to stop by our First Thursday booth! Engagement in democracy begins with you so now is a great time to set your intentions and plant seeds for action in the future. Please join us: pick up a small pot, some soil, and seeds with instructions for planting. You will also have fun opportunities for photos, as part of a Flowering Democracy. It's a wonderful season to welcome new beginnings, plant seeds, and bring Democracy into full bloom!

Queer Student Union is collaborating with the renown Kinsey Institute, a major source of scientific knowledge and research on critical issues in sexuality and gender. Come by our table to learn more about the Queer Student Union as well as the Kinsey Institute and place yourself on or outside of an interactive Kinsey Scale.

SustainCollins is a residential, student-led sustainability program overseen by Sustain IU and IPE in the Collins Living-Learning Center. Through action and education-oriented activities, they connect students interested in topics in sustainability and engage them in living-learning experiences that allow in-depth exploration and integration of sustainability into their everyday lives. The theme of their booth is improving waste habits. Their group is currently conducting a waste reduction campaign in their dorm, Shea Hall, in an effort to improve student waste habits and explore the challenges of promoting sustainable behavior changes. They will adapt their project activities and present waste reduction knowledge and practices that the IU community can incorporate into their daily lives.

Each fall semester, the College explores an important theme. This fall’s Themester takes on “Identity and Identification” with courses, discussions, films, and activities. Pick up a free poster, help Themester interns decorate an “Identity” banner to display at September’s First Thursday, and learn more about fall courses and other student opportunities.

Traditional Arts Indiana and Amanda Mathis will be leading a Memory Art Activity: a hands-on artmaking activity using easily accessible materials, to create folk style scenes based around memories and stories. This activity is featured in TAI’s Memory, Art, and Aging Resource and Activity Guide and invites participants to reflect on stories from their past.

Canvas is Union Board's flagship creative arts committee and plans a diverse range of arts events for the IU community. Canvas encourages students of all backgrounds and levels of experience to explore different art forms. Canvas also annually publishes the CANVAS Creative Arts Magazine, which comprises written and visual artworks made by IU students.

Humanities Salon - IU Arts Plaza

Visit the Humanities Salon to learn more about cultural studies, foreign languages, and other forms of expression and inquiry that help us make sense of what it means to be human. 

African languages are taught in the Hamilton Lugar's School of Global and International Studies' African Studies program. At the table, attendees will learn how to greet and introduce themselves in Akan, Bamana, Kinyarwanda, KiSwahili, Yoruba, and IsiZulu. They will also learn about different aspects of culture such as drumming, traditional clothes and their uses, choosing one's name in Akan culture, as well as board games, and other activities.

The Book Lab facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration at IU and is dedicated to the History of the Book and to pursuing current innovations in Book Arts and Book Design. Visit the Lab's booth to make a maze book and to explore photopolymer printing.

CRRES is an interdisciplinary, academic research center. Our mission is to promote research on race and ethnicity, bring together scholars across disciplines for dialogue and collaboration, and train the next generation of scholars here on the IUB campus. Visitors to CRRES's booth will be able to learn more about its programming, funding opportunities, and ongoing and future projects. In addition, invite First Thursdays participants to support a digital project on immigration experiences, organized by CRRES Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Vivek Vellanki.

American Studies asks us to think analytically about the institutions and structures of the Americas and the representation of diverse cultural groups in history, literature, and visual and material culture. For this event, attendees will go on a scavenger hunt using Thomas Hart Benton's "Social History of Indiana" murals located in the IU auditorium. Spot Abraham Lincoln, Eugene Debs, and others in the mural, and answer the questionnaire. Correct responses spin to win prizes!


Come explore the cultures of Italy, France, and the French-speaking world with our hands-on map activities and trivia color wheel. Which region of Italy is renowned for its prosciutto (smoked ham)? Where in France would you find the hollow square skyscraper the Grande Arche de la Défense? Try your hand at geography and trivia, and also learn how the study of French and Italian can enrich your life and your job prospects.

The History Department and the History Undergraduate Student Association invite you to come look at our Fall courses. Talk to undergraduates and faculty about the major! You can also test your skills as an historian in two history games and perhaps win a History Department tee.

Struggling to think through a hard question that’s important to you? Come to the philosophy booth! Thinking carefully is what we do! We promise no answers, but we will help you clarify your question and your commitments. And you can learn a bit more about what philosophers do in the process! Philosophical clarity: 5 cents. A bargain!

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is bringing Summer to the April edition of the First Thursdays Festival. Come learn about favorite Summer activities in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries and discover what classes you can take with Span-Port this Summer. There will be games and popsicles to enjoy Spring while thinking of Summer!

Students can compete for prizes to answer questions on South Asian history, film, food, and languages. Students can get henna designs on their hands.

Stop by the Institute for Korean Studies booth to grab a free t-shirt and learn about ways to get involved with Korean Studies at IU.

Indiana University’s Flagship Programs in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian are designed to be flexible, allowing students to major in any of IU's fields of study while gaining proficiency in languages critical to US security, business, and other sectors. The Language Flagship is an innovative language-learning initiative that incorporates advanced language study, international internships, and study abroad. Students complete our programs with professional language proficiency and work in diverse fields like business, government, arts, and nonprofits.


IU's Language Flagship Programs will facilitate an interactive cultural quiz and give away snacks.

Popular concepts of the Middle Ages--think Game of Thrones--draw on limited, mostly European models of what "medieval" means. Medieval Studies, the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities and the IU Book Lab are celebrating the breadth of cultural, religious and social diversity that was present in the world between 500 and 1500 across the Global Middle Ages by inviting First Thursday visitors on a "pilgrimage" route across campus that connects IU to all of our global pasts.

Since 1950, the Language Workshop has enabled students and professionals to intensively study languages critical to their respective fields. In the summer, language learners go beyond the classroom to engage with language and culture through clubs, cooking demonstrations, conversation tables, research groups, music, dance, film nights, and network with other language professionals!

Around the Plaza

While the Arts Plaza is hopping on First Thursday, there will be plenty to explore in the buildings around the plaza too. Step inside and explore some of the coolest spaces on the Bloomington campus.

Explore the museum after hours.

Enjoy extended hours with seven galleries for self-guided exploration until 7 p.m.

Talk with a Student Guide, in the Jane Fortune European and American Art Gallery, on the first floor.  

Explore your way, with options for four self-guided tours available from the Welcome Center:

  • I’m here exploring SOCIAL JUSTICE:thoughtful ways to challenge and expand perspectives
  • I’m here to RELAX & REFLECT: healthy ways to treat yourself to self-care
  • We’re here TOGETHER: creative ways to connect and experience art together
  • I’m here to engage with CULTURES: simple ways to spark curiosity and engage with art from any culture

In addition to the collections, featured exhibitions will include:

Art-side Chat: Dürer and the Art of the Early Printed Book | 5:15-6 p.m. | third floor, Moravec Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Gallery

Book Discussion: Museum-based Art Therapy | 6-7 p.m. | third floor, Itter Object Study or Zoom

Explore your way with help from one of our self-guided prompts.  |  5–7 p.m. | Welcome Center   | Choose to explore SOCIAL JUSTICE, explore TOGETHER, engage with CULTURES, or RELAX & REFLECT.  

The Friends of Art Bookshop will also open in the Fine Arts Building near the Grunwald Gallery selling art supplies, textbooks, posters, and student art works for First Thursdays!

The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington is pleased to present the Spring 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibitions. These shows will feature work created by graduating Master of Fine Arts students in the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University.

Exhibition dates are as follows---
MFA Group 1: March 22–April 2, 2022
MFA Group 2: April 5–April 16, 2022

These are a Few of Our Favorite Things: Staff Picks from the Lilly Library

Explore books and manuscripts selected by the staff of the Lilly Library. Learn what interests and excites those who work with the Lilly’s collections every day! Staff members will be on hand throughout First Thursday to talk about the selected items and answer questions.


The April First Thursday will have a number of food options for attendees, including an IU Dining food station, several local food trucks, local vendor Popkorn!, and Chocolate Moose!


Be a First Thursdays Hero!

The First Thursdays festivals wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of a small army of student volunteers. Our volunteers are an eclectic group from different academic majors and backgrounds, but they share a common passsion for the arts and humanities and a desire to share the transformative power of creativity with our community. For their service, volunteers receive a free First Thursdays t-shirt, a voucher for free food from the First Thursdays food trucks, and the undying gratitude of the Arts & Humanities Council. 

Sign Up to Volunteer at First Thursdays